Cantor Melanie Blatt

Cantor Blatt recently was ordained by Hebrew College and serves Beth El Congregation as Cantor Educator and Director of Community Engagement.  In this new position, she works closely with the clergy to enhance congregational life. Cantor Blatt has also been working to build the Chesed program, which supports congregants when they need it most.

Cantor Blatt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland College Park with a Scholars Citation of the Arts.  She has also earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education, Leadership, and Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.  Cantor Blatt has performed for audiences all over the country including President Obama at the White House.  She also has a background in dance, movement, meditation, and has been a certified personal trainer since 2010.

Ezra Bookman

Ezra is a director, poet, performance artist, ritualist, and experience designer, exploring the intersection of arts and spirituality. He is the Artistic Director for Lab/Shul, an experimental, artist-driven, God-optional, pop up community for sacred Jewish gatherings in NYC; the creator of Ritualist, a transformational experience design studio for more vibrant and healthy organizations; and the youngest member on the Board of Directors of The Secret City, an Obie Award-winning arts organization. Ezra earned his B.F.A in Theater Studies at Southern Methodist University under the guidance of Stan Wojewodski, where he was awarded the prestigious Meadows Scholar Award. He used the award’s grant to live with Shamans and indigenous communities in Ecuador, Columbia, and Venezuela, researching tools for training artists to create more spiritually connected experiences.

Daniel Langenthal

Daniel is the Director of the Leadership Development Institute. He is an experienced educator, whose approach to human and organizational growth is informed by values of openness, engagement, reflection, team-building, and empowering others. As an experiential educator, his professional practice helps facilitate growth through active learning that helps identify obstacles and engages participants working together to find solutions. He has worked as a trainer, consultant, and educator with a wide array of clients from businesses to non-profit organizations, including working with teachers and youth-at-risk in both the US and Israel.

In his most recent role, as the Director of Experiential Learning and Teaching at Brandeis, he worked with faculty to help them incorporate active and reflective learning into their teaching. Prior to that, Daniel founded and directed MABAT, an Israeli non-profit dedicated to improving intercultural awareness among all Israeli citizens through experiential and diversity programming at Israeli colleges and universities. Daniel also served in the IDF, as a tour guide for the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel and as an Outward Bound instructor.

Daniel’s graduate education at Brandeis University earned him an MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy Management and an MA from the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership. He also earned an MS in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. He volunteers with numerous non-profit organizations both Jewish and non, locally, nationally and in Israel.


Ako Changa Onyango
Lead Facilitator, Signal Fire, LLC
Senior Facilitator, AO Services, LLC

Changa is a professional facilitator and state trained Mediator. His work covers a variety of subjects including diversity, equity and inclusion in the context of organizational change, historic context of inequity, and the business case for change. Changa is also an advocate for cultural preservation and produces Music & Arts content and events that uplift the ideals of Identity and Generational Justice.

He is Owner of AO services LLC, an organizational development consultancy and a Lead Facilitator for Signal Fire, LLC, which focuses on DEI in business environments. He also serves as a coach with the University of Maryland’s Positive Schools Center where his specialty is DEI training/implementation in school communities. He is a contributing columnist on culture and community, a Baltimore City grassroots organizer and a father of 6 with his wife of 21 years, Maya.

Claire Tesh, M. Ed. 

Claire is the founder and principal of LMNO Educational Consulting. She has worked in the education field for over 25 years and formerly headed the public education division of the American Immigration Council. As a former public school teacher and adjunct professor, she understands education from the classroom, community and boardroom perspectives. Before entering the world of education, she worked in advertising and global marketing.

LMNO Educational Consulting assists organizations dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion to adopt and adapt innovative strategies. Claire works with non-profits, museums, universities and K-12 schools and corporations, assisting in creatively designing public education campaigns, engagement and public relations initiatives, strategic planning, and professional development and multicultural education workshops.

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Julie Wohl

As a Jewish educator and an artist, Julie Wohl can usually be found teaching or painting.  She recently moved to Maryland and is thrilled to have joined the CJE as their new Family Engagement Specialist.  She received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary before working in a variety of synagogue, communal and camp settings.  She is the co-author and illustrator of  Siddur Mah Tov: a Family Shabbat Prayer Book as well as the illustrator of Simply Seder: a Family  Haggadah, and the creator of the recently published Make, Create, Celebrate! Jewish Holidays through Art, all published by Behrman House.  Julie is the founder of Jewish Learning thru Art, a traveling creative arts beit midrash where she combines her background in Jewish education and art to help communities to create meaningful large-scale communal murals. Julie is married to Rabbi Josh Wohl and they are the proud parents of two sons.






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